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Body Image and Self Esteem

Friday, October 3rd, 2008 Body Image and Self Esteem

A family member seeks advice in relation to the fact her sister is anorexic. The response back highlights the plight and causes of the disorder. There is a lot of pressure from the media and society to look a certain way, with an emphasis on ‘thinness’, and such distorted ideals are generally a far cry from reality.

Unhealthy relationships with food can begin when food is used to cope with difficult feelings, such as boredom, anxiety, anger, loneliness, shame or sadness.When food begins to rule a person’s life, a person’s relationship with food can become dangerously unstable.

Overcoming a eating disorder usually needs more organised help from a clinic or therapist. Advice from your GP allows you certain options to explore.

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